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bringing to six the total number of reactors that have failed in japan. here's what we know at this hour. those six reactors are at risk of spreading radiation about 170 miles northeast of tokyo. one building exploded early this morning, housing one of those reactors, but remarkably we're told the reactor containment vessel is still intact and crews are pumping sea water into that vessel to try to cool it right now. so far there are no further reports of radiation escaping from that site. japanese officials confirmed the deaths of almost 700 people, but tens of thousands of people are still missing tonight. more than 215,000 people are living in temporary shelters in five areas. and millions are without water and power at this hour. here in california, we, too, have nuclear power plants and earthquakes. could it happen here. there are 104 power plants in the u.s. including two on the west coast. the closest reactor to the bay area is the diablo canyon nuclear power plant located near san luis obispo. it's said it's unlikely what happened in japan would happen here. >> as you
here in menlo park and in japan have updated the magnitude of the earthquake from 8.9 to 9.0. the change means the quake was 1.5 times stronger than they initially thought. the official death toll approximately 2,000 people now. >> however, the projected death toll is well over 10,000. thousands of people still remain missing while survivors are coping with emergency shelters. rescue crews are battling long distances and has destruction as they try to reach these survivors. more than 1 million people are still without water and power. nbc bay area's george kiriyama is in japan tonight, reporting live from tokyo. we will check in with him at approximately 6:15. well, the nuclear crisis in japan continues the deepen at this hour. reports of a third explosion. it happened within the last 90 minutes of the crippled fukushima daiichi power plant. the associated press reports the latest explosion was a reactor where the water levels left fuel rods exposed. they're trying to keep temperatures under control. earlier today, these pictures were taken of a hydrogen explosion in anothe
devastated north eastern japan, american nuclear energy leaders are taking a different position regarding the safe of japan's crippled nuclear plant. >> the white house warned u.s. citizens to clear the area 50 miles around the plant. japan is just advising a 20-mile evacuation. the state department is telling citizens to rely on the united states for updates. nbc's bay area is tracking the effort to stop a nuclear meltdown. >> reporter: we are monitoring all the information coming and it is hard to make sense of all this. what we do know is that right now in the last hour, the focus has shifted to a reactor at that daiichi nuclear plant. that's one thing we're watching. we're watching the advisory for american to get a little farther away from that plant than was originally recommended. now, the japanese government did double the number of workers they're sending in, trying to find out what's happening within the plant. they are working by flashlight. they are pumping sea water in to cool those fuel rods. from the outside, they will use water cannons instead of water dropping helicopters
attention to the development now in japan. so many stories happening in japan and the bay area. the battle continues. >> there is a measure of success to tell you about where engineers have laid down the portion of a power line to that damaged reactor at the fukushima power plant. that line could help restore the cooling system which all of them were damaged in last week's earthquake and the tsunami. so far it is only a prekacautio. federal officials say it will not reach harmful levels right here. airports are screening passengers. full radiation so far and no levels have been detected. american 747 used to fight fires will be part of the effort to contain the radiation in japan. unclear, though, at this point how it will be involved. it will not be part of water drops directly into the are reactors. robert is in tokyo tonight with more on the latest. >> reporter: dramatic pictures on japanese television showed military helicopters dropping water on one of the reactors. the water often missing its mark. the company that owns the plant said the drastic move which exposed the pilots to radi
been limited to the area surrounding the plant itself. >> many people across japan pause for a moment of silence to remember the victims and for those missing. the death toll from the magnitude 9.0 quake is projected at more than 10,000 people. >> it is obvious in the quake of such a tragedy, people all over the bay area want to find a way to help and give back. >> george is back from tokyo and is joining us from the san jose buddhist church where volunteers are accepting donations. but first we want to go to tracey at the japanese kl chural and community center. volunteers are working the phone. we see them behind you. a massive telethon is underway. this is a remarkable fund-raising effort, isn't it? >> as you know, nbc bay area and comcast have been working together all day long to bring you this telethon. it's been going on since 7 a.m. i want you to take a look at these volunteers over here, busy answering phone calls from people who want to donate money to help the victims of the japan earthquake and tsunami. some people have been asking for the last week, what can i do to help?
japan. three explosions and one fire has now happened at that facility since it was damaged by last week's earthquake and subsequent tsunami. >> the call is out tonight -- evacuate. there is real fear that the situation is spiraling toward something much worse. more than just power outages and supply shortages. >> a new day in japan means new fears. it's wednesday morning and tens of thousands of people are on the move, including our own george kariama, changing his travel plans as well to avoid any potential health risk. he joins us from tokyo via skype. residents and journalists are now leaving tokyo. is there any sense of panic there? >> reporter: i would say a sense of urgency is the best way to describe it. not a sense of panic. when i looked outside the 18th floor window here and looked down, you can see people are going about your business. but you can definitely feel there's a sense of urgency when we're out and about early this morning, late last night. you can see that there is concern, there is worry, and in some cases, there is fear. i don't think there is a sense of panic. y
to help those suffering in japan. >> that's right. so many local organizations stepping up to help those in need after the earthquake and tsunami. while a sea of orange and black heading into the stadium. giants are going to be adopting a new color tonight, the color red. they're taking your donations as the san francisco giants are stepping up to the plate and hoping to hit a home run on donations to help those in japan. we'll tell you how you can help and how much money has been railsed so far, coming up. ---raise sewed far coming up. >> still ahead at 6:00. bare shelves over the nuclear scare, in stores not in japan but here, in the bay area. tell you the supplies people are buying up. >> plus the president makes his case for the mission in libya in front of the national audience. did he make a strong enough case to win over the american people? >> and want to get your online opping done now. the measure about to hike the cost of your goods online. >>> tonight i can report that we have stopped gadhafi's deadly advan advance. thank you. >> president obama addresses the nation on libya.
demands. >>> turning now to the disaster in japan. there are new concerns in japan's nuclear crisis. firefighters continue to spray water at the damaged nuclear power plant in fukushima. but now japanese leaders say harmful radiation levels have been detected in food and water near the plant. nbc's robert bazell has the latest from tokyo. >> reporter: there's two pieces of important news today concerning the crippled nuclear reactors north of here. there's electricity at two of them. they'll try to see if they can get the pumps working. at others, diesel-powered generators do have the coolant falling. the big fire trucks have poured 1,500 gallons into one of the tanks. the other thing we've heard is the japanese government found trace amounts of radiation in samples of spinach and milk in the north of japan. they said that the amounts were very small. so small, that if you drank one glass of milk every day for a year, you would get the same amount of radiation as you would get from a ct scan. if you ate one portion of spinach every day for a year, you would get a fifth as much. even
snow in the last few days. and the snow is expected to keep coming down. >>> the death toll from japan's earthquake and tsunami rose today to almost 8,500 people. another 13,000 are missing. the death toll is expected to climb as rescue workers discover more bodies. but at the same time, there are remarkable stories of survival. today, an 80-year-old woman and her 16-year-old grandson were rescude. the two were trapped in their kitchen and survived by eating the food that happened to be left in the refrigerator. meanwhile, the number 3 reactor at the crippled fukushima power plant is stable again tonight after an unexpected rise in pressure this morning. and radiation from the plant is showing up in more food. the government still says, though, the amount of radiation in food and water is so small, it's not posing a health threat. >>> it has been ten days since japan was rocked by that magnitude 9 earthquake and then the tsunami that followed and the crisis there continues to affect people around the world, including right here in our own backyard. nbc bay area kimberly terry joins us
. >>> and back from the disaster zone. military families returning to the bay area after evacuationing japan. we are there for their homecoming. >>> and good evening. i'm chief meteorologis fjeff ranieri. the storm picking up a lot of speed right noog movg in a little bit quicker her with some heavier h rain headed towas los gatos in the next half hour. heis e, with this storm offshore, we're not only talking about one but two storms in two days. i'll have full details coming up. >>> well, it's a happy homecoming. hundreds of american military families are back in the bay area today, leaving japan and the devastation behind. nbc's christie smith reports from travis air force base, where they touched down. >> reporter: the end of a 10 1/2 hour flight was a huge relief for 340 passengers arriving from japan. >> but the air force made us feel right at home. we really did appreciate it. >> reporter: mary trayer is in the navy, on leave with her baby born just days before a 9.0 earthquake rocked japan. but it was the ongoing nuclear crisis that made her pack up. >> i decided to leave because of the v
in minutes. >> all right, thank you, jeff. >>> well, after the disaster in japan, hundreds of families find comfort in the bay area. their stories are coming up. >>> and a so-called superbug is sweeping parts of california. we'll let you know where, and wel te'l youll the symptoms of this sickness. stay with us. [ female announcer ] what's so great about jcp cash? no exclusions! with jcp cash, earn ten dollars off when you spend just twenty five storewide. and, unlike other stores, we don't make you come back to save. get ten dollars off with no exclusions! we make it affordable, you make it yours! jcpenney. with jcp cash, earn ten dollars off when you spend just twenty five storewide. and, unlike other stores, we don't make you come back to save. get ten dollars off with no exclusions! we make it affordable, you make it yours! jcpenney. >>> a drug resistant superbug is causing concern at some california hospitals. health officials say more than 350 cases of the potentially fatal bacteria known as crkp were reported in l.a. county during a seven-month period just last year. crkp is spread p
to the bay area durining an earthquakes big as the one that hit japan. ur >>> okay. here i go in 140 characters. happy birthday, twitter. the san francisco messaging service sent its first tweet five years ago. it now has 140 million users. >> well done. now you just need a twitter account, and we can move forward. >>> elsewhere in the tech world, a huge telecom merger has a lot of mobile phone users wondering, will my signal get any better? >> scott budman is here with one company's plan to dial up the competition, scott? >> if you get a phone now, that's what we'll do, we'll follow jessica on twitter. it is a company famous for splitting up because it stifled competition. nearly three decades and a ton of deals later. at&t is again gigantic and today it announced plans to get even bigger. the mobile world is getting bigger each day, but the mobile business could soon get smaller. at&t says it will buy fellow carrier t-mobile for $39 billion. this could be good news if you're a t-mobile user. you can now buy yourself that iphone you've been lusting after. also for you, at&t customer
developing news right now. fallout from the nuclear plant failure in japan is being felt on the shores of northern california. >> we want to get right to the newsroom, where our marianne favro is live with the very latest. marianne? >> these results have announced that they have detected small traces of raid radiation released by the ongoing nuclear disaster in japan in both bay area tap water and milk here in the bay area. researchers say you would have to drink roughly 3,800 liters of this milk, however, to receive a radiation dose equivalent to a round-trip cross-country flight. so that puts it in perspective for you. now, the isotopes detected were at a level lower than the rainwater measurements, but they were higher than the creek water measurements. scientists stress that these levels are not dangerous and they are only slightly elevated above normal levels. now, the isotopes found were iodine and cesium isotopes. both of these are associated with the overwhelmed fukushima plant in japan. small traces of radiation were also found in milk tested in washington state. once again, s
are always a hot topic but since the earthquake in japan, earthquake awareness has been even more in the forefront. scott budman takes us inside the classroom. >> reporter: they are shaking things up in room 12. >> these are the stuff that our homes are built on. the sixth grade class at cupertino middle school is learning about earthquakes. >> i've basically learned what we should build on. >> my bookshelf was directly across from my bed. >> so what is happening to the house? >> reporter: thanks to technology, the class is part of the quake capture network, looking up computers to better understand and even provide early warning for earthquakes. >> i think it helps. i think it makes it more fun. i think it makes it more interactive. and if it stimulates interest to be safer, it's worth it. >> reporter: as bay area residents, these young people are learning lessons about earthquake preparedness. >> your insurance company, not a good deal. >> reporter: while preparing for the next one. >> bedrock is more firm and can support you but aluvium li liquefies and is more loose. >> i thin
at a news conference today in san francisco. that news conference focused on the budget. >>> in japan tonight, radiation leaking from the crippled fukushima plant has made its way into tokyo's tap water. the government says while the levels aren't dangerous for adults, parents should use bottled water when making formula for their infants. the latest development underscores the need to get the nuclear power plant reactors under control as soon as possible. workers did have to be evacuated from the plant again today after black smoke started pouring from reactor number three. there has been some progress, though. the lights are finally back on in the control room to that reactor. >>> well, just ahead at 6:00, here's a new twist. the budget battle in sacramento, that rages on, but the twist, what governor brown is now asking from republican lawmakers. >>> and heavy winds and strong rains might keep you up at night, but that need not be the case. we'll give you some tips to make sure your trees are good and healthy. >>> plus, it may be her beauty and her long list of films, and husbands,
. >>> divided by the disaster in japan, finally reunited in san jose p. only on nbc bay area news, a journey of self discovery and survived an experience thousands of others did not. >> devastating and the worst thing i've ever seen. so i just kind of stayed and watched for a little while. >> and emotional journey unfolding on television tonight. what happened when the quake hit and when the sea started surging toward her town. our nbc news crew helped reunite her with her family after the earthquake and tsunami. tonight her incredible only at 11:00 on nbc bay area news. >>> if you missed out on signing up for beta breaker, you have another chance. organizers opened up another 5,000 spots. this is 100th anniversary for the event. also this year remember alcohol and floats are banned and heavy fencing will be in it place to keep you out of the places where you're not supposed to be. >>> it is now facebook official. mark zuckerberg is in a relationship as the founder of facebook, would you have thought he would have updated his relationship status a long time ago, but we won't go there. seven
strengthening for. >> reporter: wiley has visited the aftermath of quakes in armenia and japan. >> you never know what you're going to see, so you have to have an open mind. >> reporter: he says each quake has its own story, its own tragedies, and its own lessons. and hope flay road map for safer construction that build on the unfortunate past. >> the wreckage still so stunning to see. now, the team was actually supposed to depart this week for new zealand, but because of the ongoing search and rescue operations there, the trip was forced back to next week. >>> a scene out of a hollywood movie, but this was real-life in fremont. police describe a sophisticated team of gunmen staging a high-tech robbery which left several employees frightened for their lives. police say 12 to 15 robbers cut through a fence at the unigen corporation on sunday morning, this was in fremont. they approached the loading dock and tied up several workers. the suspects dressed in dark clothing and ski masks then spent the next 30 minutes loading computermoving truck. the value of the stolen items is subscribed as sub
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